PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Kari Osmond | January 11th, 2013 - 4:26pm
| More

(TRENTON) – Senator Shirley K. Turner, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) called for a “school construction timeline” for emergent repairs needed at Trenton Central High School after a meeting with state officials from the School Development Authority (SDA) and Department of Education. Joining in the meeting were Superintendent Francisco Duran, Trenton Board of Education President Toby Sanders, Business Administrator Jayne Howard, Director of Abbott Facilities Construction Dwayne Mosely as well as parent activists. The legislators described the current condition of Trenton Central High School as “deplorable.”

“As representatives of our capital city, the conditions of Trenton Central High School can not be ignored any longer,” Senator Shirley K Turner stated. Turner, the catalyst for the meeting, requested the meeting shortly after touring the high school with Gusciora and Watson Coleman in December. “Not only is the building depressing and an unfit learning environment, it’s unsafe and dangerous as whole sections of roof are in utter disrepair.”

“We understand that there are bureaucratic hurdles in rehabilitating an eighty year old educational edifice,” Gusciora commented. “However, educators and parents alike are left in the dark as to when the first shovel will be placed in the ground to fix this high school. We simply asked for a timeframe as to when this process will end and construction will begin.”

Trenton Central High School was approved in March as one of the 20 recommended projects by the Governor to be advanced as part of the SDA Capital Program. TCHS was granted in the third category under “Projects that address Serious Facility Deficiencies.”

“For nearly 10 years we have been fighting for state funding and now we are finally slated for it. What I don’t understand is the logic in rehabilitating rather than tearing down,” Watson Coleman stated. “We obviously need more information. The process needs to be laid out by stage, steps, scope, time frame, and cost. Why rehabilitating? What are costs is the SDA covering? What costs is Trenton responsible for? These are essential questions that need immediate attention to. Our children can not learn in this building, that’s the bottom line.”

A working group comprised of the SDA, the Department of Education, and the Trenton Board of Education will commence the week of January 14th to begin working on the specific scope of the project to begin moving forward towards rehabilitating the Trenton Central High School. In the meantime, SDA has been asked by the legislators to give them a “specific timetable” as to when the planning and construction of the rehabilitation project will begin.

# # #

Contact Info: 

Kari Osmond, 609-292-0500

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The good news of tonight is that these problems are fixable.” - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who would you back for Governor of NJ in this 2017 general election dream match-up?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources